Archives for April 2016

Give Us Your Feedback

We love hearing from customers almost as much as we love happy customers. Your feedback is important. We have a spot on our website where you can submit your review to us, or you can leave your comments on Google or Yelp if you prefer. Your experiences help other customers understand what to expect and how much we truly care that our customers get exactly what they need and save money in the process.

Here’s is what one April 2016 customer had to say…

I needed 4 new tires for my truck, however I was unsure what type would be best. The helpful staff provided me with (3) different options – based upon make, quality, mileage and price. Thankfully I was able to replace my tires the next day! The walk-in appointment was pleasantly quick and easy! Honestly, the best tire deal anyone could find! N.B.

What SW MN Roads Will Be Under Construction This Summer

What MN Roads Will Be Under Construction This SummerWith the melting of snow comes the onset of construction season. We all know the importance of well-maintained roads, but that doesn’t eliminate frustration with traffic congestion, detours, and delays.

So what MN roads are slated to be under construction this summer?

The MN Department of Transportation announced its 2016 transportation construction program today totaling $930 million. Here is the press release, in its entirety, for the area west of the metro. If you’re planning a road trip, fishing, camping, etc in west, central, or southwestern Minnesota you can plan accordingly. For those not traveling out of the metro area or into other parts of the state, click here.

“MnDOT announces 2016 transportation construction program”

“WILLMAR, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced its 2016 transportation construction program on Thursday, April 14.  Statewide, the 2016 construction program totals $930 million.   The 2016 statewide program has fourteen fewer projects and is $70 million smaller than the 2015 construction program.  Sources of revenue continue to decrease, while transportation system needs increase.  To view the 2016 Metro Area and Greater MN projects visit www.dot.state.mn.us/construction.

Locally, in District 8 (Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McCloud, Meeker, Murray, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville & Yellow Medicine) the 2016 construction program totals $33.4 million.  This total includes $10.9 million for the Highway 23 passing lanes project, which received Corridors of Commerce funding.

The Corridors of Commerce project list includes the construction of passing lanes at various locations along the Highway 23 corridor between Interstate 90 and Willmar.  Locally and regionally, the Highway 23 corridor serves as a major connection for area residents, employment and services centers, as well as serving as a key recreational and tourist access route.  Highway 23 connects many cities including Pipestone, Marshall, Granite Falls, Willmar and St. Cloud.  It is also an important freight route and was mentioned as a critical connection for delivering goods to national and international marked in the District 8 Manufacturers’ Perspective on Minnesota’s Transportation System study.  The full report is available at www.dot.state.mn.us/d8/about.html

The totals above are construction costs which do not include other costs such as maintenance, etc.  All District 8 projects, including a 2016 construction project map, are available at www.dot.state.mn.us/d8.

With the favorable weather and an early spring many projects will start early.  The Highway 68 and Highway 75 projects near Canby will begin Monday, April 18.  The Highway 23 south passing lanes project will begin Monday, April 25.

National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 11-15. MnDOT asks motorists to slow down and pay attention while driving through work zones. Remember orange cones, no phones.  Motorists who speed through a work zone or who disobey work zone flaggers’ traffic face a $300 fine.

Plan ahead for your travel using 511.  For updated statewide road conditions and construction information, call 5-1-1 or visit www.511mn.org.”

Old Tires and Fighting Mosquito Spread Disease

old tires mosquito diseaseWe’ve written quite a few times about cleaning up old tires from your yard, garage, and anywhere on your property really. Not only does old tires and junk look unsightly and often violate ordinances, but the items are missing out on an opportunity to be recycled. When old tires lay around during the spring, summer, and autumn months, they collect water and breed mosquitoes. With the Zika virus in the news and cases being reported in the United States, it is up to every person to do their part.

Recently, a new product was invented out of old tires to combat mosquito spread diseases that is reportedly seven times more effective than older methods of fighting the pests. Check out the article by Melissa Beyer, “Mosquito traps made from old tires 7 times more effective than standard traps” on TreeHugger.com

If you have old tires that you need to recycle, the TireZoo can take them off your hands. Both locations in Anoka and Bloomington accept old passenger vehicle tires for a nominal $3 charge, and tractor/semi tires for $10.

Busy Schedule Travel Snacks

travel snacks peanut butter ball recipeWith spring sports gearing up, parents will be shuttling kids from school to practice and other activities. If kids are old enough to drive, they have little time between school, sports, activities, work, and home. Having some simple snacks ready that travel well is a good idea. Here’s some Peanut Butter Bites that taste great, but have plenty of protein and other nutrients.

Peanut Butter Bite Travel Snacks Recipe

1 cup peanut butter (chunky or creamy, or substitute sun-butter)
1 cup real maple syrup (or honey will work too)
1 cup powdered milk (soy or almond will work)
1/4 cup ground flax seed
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 cup ground instant oatmeal
1/2 cup finely chopped almonds, peanuts, cashews, sunflower seeds…whatever you prefer

Mix all ingredients and roll into balls. Dip the balls in finely crushed nuts, seeds, or oatmeal. Sesame or poppy seeds work well. Or create your own mixture. Store in an air tight container or ziplock bag in the frig for a couple weeks, but they probably won’t last that long!